Devastating storm sweeps eastern Libya leaving many dead and missing | ANG
  • May 30, 2024

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At least 27 people were reported dead Monday (Sep. 11) in eastern Libya after the Mediterranean storm Daniel caused devastating floods.

The storm struck the country on Sunday afternoon (Sep. 10), hitting coastal towns such as Benghazi where a curfew was enforced, and school closed.

The city of Derna which was the worst hit was declared a disaster zone. It has become inaccessible and local media reported that the situation there was catastrophic with no electricity or communications.

The provisional death toll was announced on Monday afternoon by the health minister of the east Libya government as he spoke to Saudi-owned satellite news channel Al-Arabiya.

The Libyan Red Crescent said it lost contact with one of its workers as he attempted to help a stuck family in Bayda. Dozens of others were reported missing and authorities fear they could have died in the floods that destroyed homes and other properties in several towns in eastern Libya, according to local media.

Libya has been divided for most of the past decade between rival administrations in the east and west. Each is backed by armed groups and militias. The UN backed government is in the western Tripoli.

Libya’s east is home to most of the country’s oil fields and terminals. The state-owned National Oil Corporation has declared a state of maximum alert and advised its affiliated oil companies to stop flights between fields where activity was drastically reduced.

The prime minister d’Abdelhamid Dbeibah, in the country’s west, announced Monday (Sep. 11) a three-day of mourning and ordered flags across the country to be lowered to half-mast.

Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General/Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator Georgette Gagnon has ‘tasked an emergency response team to prepare to support local authorities and partners in the region’.

Storm Danial is expected to arrive in parts of west Egypt on Monday, and the country’s meteorological authorities warned about possible rain and bad weather.

Libya, a country with over 6 million people, suffers from debilitating infrastructure after more than a decade of conflict.

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